Sierra Designs Whitney Down Hoodie review: a sustainable and water-resistant jacket for everyday use

When it starts to snow, the Sierra Designs Whitney Down Hoodie is your first line of defense against the cold and the damp

Sierra Designs Whitney Down Hoodie
(Image: © Kim Fuller)

Advnture Verdict

The Sierra Designs Whitney Down Hoodie is a reliable go-to down jacket because it stands up to everyday cold conditions and even repels moisture when the snow starts to fall.


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    800-fill RDS DriDown with PFC-free DWR

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    Jacket stows into itself in zipper pocket

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    Overstuffed hood and high collar help keep out the elements

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    Pull cord hem adjusts fit around hips


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    Sizing runs large

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Sierra Designs Whitney Down Hoodie: first impressions 

The Sierra Designs Whitney Down Hoodie looks like your classic everyday down jacket, and in a lot of ways it is, but it’s now made with RDS (Responsibly Down Source) certified 800-fill DriDown. The down is treated with a hydrophobic finish, so the natural insulating properties of the down are not compromised if the jacket gets wet. But does that make it a contender for the best down jackets out there?


• List price: $189.95 (US) / Not currently officially available in the UK
• Weight: 350g / 12.36oz
• Materials: Shell: 50% recycled nylon, 50% nylon ripstop with DWR finish; Liner: 100% nylon; 800-fill RDS DriDown with PFC-free DWR
• Color options: Nocturne (women’s only) / Dijon / Black / Midnight Navy / Gun Metal (men’s only)
• Sizes: Women’s: XS - XL; men’s: SM - 2XL 

There is a nice mid-level loft to the down, so it’s cozy but not too bulky, and the Sierra Designs Whitney Down Hoodie also packs down into its own zipper pocket. In addition to two zippered hand pockets, the jacket features a zippered chest pocket, as well as two interior dump pockets which come in handy to keep essentials close.

The Sierra Designs Whitney Down Hoodie is versatile in that it’s mid-weight, but when you’re out in the elements the lofty hoodie can be cinched down and the high collar can be zipped up for optimal protection.

Sierra Designs Whitney Down Hoodie: on the slopes

Sierra Designs Whitney Down Hoodie

The overstuffed hood and high collar offer great protection from the elements (Image credit: Kim Fuller)

I have tested this jacket on a number of to-and-from occasions this winter, and I was able to wear it outside during one of our larger mountain snowstorms recently. I stayed warm even as the temperature dropped and the snow continued to fall. The jacket’s shell has a DWR finish as well, so it was repelling moisture from the outside-in and I didn’t get wet or cold at all. 

Out in the snowstorm, I particularly noticed the protection from this down jacket’s overstuffed hood and high collar. While I find the Sierra Designs Whitney Down Hoodie to run a little large, when I need to keep cold air out the hem has a pull cord hem to adjust fit more tightly around my hips. 

Kim Fuller
Advnture contributor

Kim Fuller is the co-founder of Jaunt Media Collective based in Vail, Colorado. Jaunt’s family of print and digital magazines includes YOGA + Life, Spoke+Blossom and Covered Bridge. Kim started her career in media as a freelance journalist and has contributed to a number of national and regional publications, including Elevation Outdoors, 5280 Magazine, The Denver Post, Outside, Advnture, Gear Institute, SELF Magazine, Wanderlust Journal and The Infatuation. Kim spends most out-of-office hours seeking sunshine and singletrack, teaching yoga around town, dining with friends or planning her next adventure. Stay connected through @lifeinfull on Instagram and scope the mags at